Freshwater Society has just completed the first of three groundwater reports.
The Water Underground is targeted at public water supply managers – the public works directors, council members, and mayors of those municipalities operating water supply systems. The report tackles head on which portions of the state and metropolitan area currently have long-term water supply issues. This eliminates a major flaw of previous reports; namely, most cities hear about declining groundwater levels and assume it doesn’t apply to them. The statutory authorities granted to water suppliers are sufficient to manage their shared groundwater supplies for the long term if they choose to. If they don’t, regional and state level government is gradually gaining the techniques and tools to exert a larger role in shaping local management options where declining aquifer levels are occurring.
Read the full report.